March 24th



Chancellor considers on-campus retirement center, driving range

In an effort to generate revenue to compensate for reductions in state support, UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen has been talking with developers about possibly building a retirement center on university-owned land. The chancellor is also considering another potentially profitable development: an on-campus driving range.

Ringeisen said that he and the administrators who report to him have been trying to find ways to use university land to generate funds, and a retirement center and a driving range are among the ideas that have been suggested.

It was expected at one point that the 746-acre UIS campus population would eventually reach 20,000, Ringeisen said. But then these plans changed, leaving much of the land on campus undeveloped. Ringeisen said that he’s looking to develop some of this land in ways that would benefit UIS both academically and financially.

 “It’s an opportunity the chancellor sees, and he’s looking for ways to take opportunities and resources we have and get the most out of them so that we can really create a community here that students will enjoy being a part of, and other people are going to come from outside the community and be a part of,” UIS Provost Michael Cheney said.

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UIS awarded federal funding to create certification program

UIS has received $250,000 in federal funding to establish an online math teacher certification program designed to address a growing shortage of math teachers in Illinois, UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen announced before spring break.

On March 8, which Ringeisen described as “a great day for UIS,” U.S. Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois’ 19th District signed a large check and presented it to Ringeisen and other UIS administrators during a press conference. The Republican congressman helped obtain the funding for UIS using what he said was one of the good aspects of the omnibus appropriations bill that U.S. President George W. Bush signed on Jan. 23.

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Research Advanced at UIS

Scientific research at UIS has been given a boost.  Recently, two graduate students, Tracy DiMezzo and Timothy Goode, received grants from Sigma Xi to further their studies on Illinois floodplains.

Sigma Xi is a nonprofit organization made up of roughly 75,000 scientists and engineers.  Obtaining grants from this society is extremely competitive.  The purpose of this organization is to “motivate young investigators,” said UIS Professor Michael Lemke.

DiMezzo and Goode were selected because Sigma Xi identified great potential in their work.  Between the two of them, they received over $1,500.

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